Stephen Spender

An English poet, novelist and essayist, Stephen Spender (1909-1995) came to prominence in the 1930s alongside W. H. Auden and others. He was appointed the seventeenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the United States Library of Congress in 1965 and focused his work on themes of social justice.

Summer 1948


By Stephen Spender

(To William Jay and Barbara H. Smith, Oct. 1, 1947) If my will could become this night With all my conscious stars to witness The marriage of this human pair— […]